Pair accused of plotting to kidnap, kill police officersPosted: Updated:
A man and woman were arrested Sunday after a months-long investigation into their plot to kidnap, try by jury and execute police officers for treason, according to a police report.
According to the arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 42-year-old David Brutsche and 67-year-old Devon Newman were identified as members of the Sovereign Citizen movement by undercover officers who were observing a group since April.
The report said that Brutsche and Newman met with undercover officers about 30 times and in recorded conversations, outlined their plan and expressed their hatred of law enforcement officers.
According to the report, the pair told the undercover officers that they wanted to target police officers who were involved in a traffic stop, kidnap them, house them in a makeshift jail and then try them in a "sovereign" court of law on the charge of treason for violations of the Constitution and citizens' civil rights.
The report outlined several meetings where the pair expressed desires to obtain weapons and ammunition. Brutsche, who police said is a convicted felon, expressed a desire to obtain a gun without leaving a paper trail.
During the meetings, the pair also refined their plot by training in different scenarios and determining ways to keep the targeted officer off guard and ultimately kidnap them, according to the report.
According to the report, the pair video taped a traffic stop arranged by the undercover officers in an effort to study the recording to hone their tactics before carrying out the scheme.
On Aug. 12, the undercover officers took Brutsche and Newman to a police-controlled home, according to the report. The report said the pair discussed using the home as their jail, and used lumber and steel hooks to reinforce a bedroom where the kidnapped officer would be held.
On Aug. 18, police said Brutsche, Newman and the undercover officers met at the vacant home and decided it was time to carry out the plan, according to the report. During that meeting, the report said, Brutsche asked the group if they were ready to kill an officer if they were unable to put together a sovereign jury because of time constraints. He also expressed a willingness to die for the cause, according to the report.
As the group was loading a vehicle, SWAT officers moved in and arrested Brutsche and Newman, according to the report.
In the report, investigators said they read Brutsche his Miranda rights and he used "sovereign citizen" legalese to dismiss it. When asked how many police officers he planned to kidnap, Brutsche told the detective, "Zero." The investigator then told Brutsche he's heard him express that desire on several occasions, he replied, "I don't want to kill a cop." At the end of the interview, Brutsche told the detective he committed no crime and invoked his right to remain silent.
The details of Newman's interview were not listed in the police report.
Both Brutsche and Newman were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon.
Metro police scheduled a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the arrests and details of the case.
A spokesman for the department said more arrests may be made in connection with the case.
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